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"Absolutely Outstanding service from Chapman Pieri Solicitors, from the minute I walked in I felt at ease, my case was handled so efficiently and everything was done in the most professional manner. I was always updated on my case and my divorce was granted extremely quickly and I put that entirely down to Martha! I definately wouldn't hesitate to recommend Chapman Pieri Solicitors, and I cannot thank you enough for your help!"

Ms H.S. of North London

"From start to finish I can not thank Martha Koumbas from Chapman Pieri Solicitors enough for all her help and advice. She was informative and professional at every level. Any time I needed questions answered she did so in a timely manner."

Mr N.N. of North London

Martha Koumbas
 

Diamonds are forever... Or are they?

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A question that we are often asked by clients is what will happen to their jewellery in their divorce settlement. Items of jewellery are often valuable monetary assets and may also have sentimental value, especially when they are family heirlooms. Back in...

Too old to have a baby? No says leading mid-wife...

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It is reported that during the last decade or so, more women than ever have been focussing on their careers and have been leaving trying for their first baby until their 40s. Nowadays, it is not always possible for couples to start a family as early as they...

The Make or Break Summer Holiday!

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At Chapman Pieri Solicitors we have seen a pattern emerging of an increase in new divorce enquiries in the month of September once the kids have gone back to school. We have found that generally, there is a decrease in the amount of divorce enquiries that we...

'No Fault Divorce' Bill Has Second Reading

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A ‘no fault’ divorce bill had its second reading in Parliament on the 4th December 2015. The bill was introduced on 13th October 2015 by Conservative MP Richard Bacon. Under current law, “one can get divorced in just five months”,...

Increasing Divorce Fee

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In line with Michael Gove’s vision of creating a modernised, leaner and more efficient court and tribunals service, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed the Government’s intention of increasing the fee for issuing divorce proceedings from the...

The Changing Divorce Process

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In order to streamline the Family Court service, HM Courts and Tribunals Service have taken the decision to create 11 divorce centres within England and Wales. Some divorce centres are already operational and the transfer of work is being phased with...

Relationships Between Fathers And Their Children Upon Separation

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Fathers who involve themselves in their young children’s lives are much more likely to keep in regular contact with their children in the event of a split from their partner than those who do not, so researchers from the Nuffield Foundation have found....

Do You Know About The Changes To The State Pension?

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Were you aware that as from 6 April 2016 there will be changes to the state pension? If you already claim state pension or will do so before 6 April 2016, you won’t be affected by the changes but those who reach state pension age on or after 6 April...

The Labour Party's Pledge To Review Child Maintenance

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With the general election coming up on 7th May 2015, the parties are doing all that they can to try and secure the votes. In a bid to try and win over single parents, the Labour Party has recently announced that they will carry out a review of the Child...

Contact Centre Closures

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According to the National Association for Child Contact Centres (“NACC”), over 40 child contact centres in England and Wales have shut down over the last year and a half and the charity believes that the legal aid cuts have had an indirect impact...

To Date Or Not To Date... That Is The Question

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It is only natural that when one relationship ends, another one begins. But when it comes to divorce, when is the right time to start dating? To put it frankly, if you are thinking of embarking upon a new relationship before your divorce is finalised then...

Government's Plans To Increase Divorce Fees Abandoned

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On the 6th of March this year, we wrote about the government’s plans to increase the fee for filing a divorce petition with the Court to £750 which is over 1 ½ times more than the current fee of £410. Currently, an uncontested...

Dependents Of Adopted Adults Now Able To Trace Family Trees

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Under new regulations due to come into force in November 2014, the children, grandchildren and other prescribed relatives of adopted adults will have the right to apply for information about their family history. This will enable them to make contact with...

Ex-Wife Granted Permission To Appeal Divorce Settlement

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Alison Sharland, aged 46, has been granted permission to appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold her divorce settlement after her ex-husband was found to have concealed the true value of his Company. Ms Sharland received £10.355 million...

Disabled Baby Born By Surrogate Is Rejected By Commissioning Parents

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A baby girl born by a surrogate mother who has been diagnosed by Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy (a rare muscular condition) has been rejected by her intended parents. The surrogate mother gave birth to twins, a girl and a boy, after the implantation of...

Marriage Makes Men Fat, Research Suggests

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A study conducted by Leeds Metropolitan University has revealed that men ‘let themselves go’ and pile on the pounds after marriage. The study revealed that married men develop more of a sweet tooth and find themselves eating more cakes, buns and...

Same Sex Couples Will Be Able To Convert Civil Partnerships To Marriage

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As from 10th December 2014, same sex couples already in a civil partnership will be able to convert their civil partnership to a civil marriage. They will be able to do so by attending a Registry Office and signing a declaration that they now wish to be...

Free DNA Tests In Family Courts

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Justice Minister Simon Hughes has announced that free DNA tests are being provided in family law cases where there are disputes over the paternity of a child. The Justice Minister has stated that funding DNA tests “will sort out the problem about who...

Forced Marriage Is Now A Criminal Offence

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Forced marriage is now a criminal offence punishable by up to seven years imprisonment. It is estimated that approximately 8,000 women a year are victims of forced marriage. Under Part 10, Section 121 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act...

Child Maintenance: Agree Or Pay

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The Department for Work and Pensions has sent tens of thousands of letters this week to single parents informing them of the Government’s plans to introduce a number of charges for using the Child Maintenance Service. The Child Maintenance Service is...

Poker Player's Winnings Are Not Earnings For The Purposes Of Child Maintenance, Court Of Appeal Rules

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After a four year dispute, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a professional poker player and former stockbroker, Tony Hakki, does not have to pay child maintenance because his winnings are not “earnings from gainful employment”. Devrise Blair,...

Today We Wave Farewell To The Statement Of Arrangements For Children Form

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Today is the day on which a number of changes to family law will come into force. One of those changes is that Section 41 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 is now repealed. What does this actually mean? Under Section 41 of the Matrimonial Causes Act...

What Is 'Conscious Uncoupling'?

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Gwyneth Paltrow announced on her lifestyle website Goop last week that after over 10 years of marriage to Coldplay singer Chris Martin, they have made the decision to go their separate ways. She posted the following: “It is with hearts full of...

Children And Families Act 2014

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The Children and Families Act 2014 will come into force on the 22nd of April 2014 and will introduce a number of changes to private law children act proceedings as we know them. Some of the most important changes are set out below: 1) Mediation Information...

Pension Sharing Orders On Divorce Are Underused, New Research Suggests

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A study published by Cardiff Law School has revealed that a low number of Pension Sharing Orders are being made on divorce. The study made the following findings, in addition to many others: In 20% of the court file cases surveyed,...

Same Sex Marriage - Same Sex Couples Are Now Able To Register For Marriage

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As from the 13th of March 2014, same sex couples wishing to marry from the 29th of March 2014 can now register to do so. Overseas same sex marriages are now also legally recognised. Couples can only marry 16 days after giving notice of their intention to...

What's yours is mine... Or is it?

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On divorce, the Court must take into account ‘all of the circumstances of the case’ in addition to a number of factors when deciding how the matrimonial assets should be split. This means that where a married couple have entered into a prenuptial...

Getting a divorce - What should you be thinking about?

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Going through a divorce is a stressful time for anyone. Taking the first step to make the decision to file for a divorce itself is hard enough, let alone then having to deal with the process and the financial aspects of the marriage. What practical steps...